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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: May 4, 2023 03:37 PM
From: Representative James B. Struzzi, II
To: All House members
Subject: Helping Disadvantaged Communities in Pennsylvania (Former HB 1712)
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation that if enacted will help disadvantaged communities by bringing geographic equity and diversity to the procurement process in Pennsylvania. This legislation would ensure that opportunity for our hardest hit urban and rural local economies in Pennsylvania by requiring that business located in HUB Zones would be entitled to participation in procurement contracts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Entitled participation would be:
  • 5% participation from HUB Zone businesses on contracts totaling between $100,000 and $750,000.
  • 10% participation from HUB Zone businesses on contracts totaling more than $750,000.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small business in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. This legislation will mirror the federal program at the state level and help pull those communities and businesses out of economic distress and create more equity in procurement across the Commonwealth.

There has long been a push by the Commonwealth to ensure diversity preference in procurement matters. This legislation will also ensure geographic diversity in state procurement matters and our poorest communities – both urban and rural – can be part of this inclusion. This legislation will have direct impact on improving the quality of life in communities like Indiana, Johnstown and many others while helping more small business owners and their employees live the American dream.

This is a map of Hub Zones in Pennsylvania:


Please note that this legislation was changed to address concerns voiced in the committee process from last session.  I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring. 

Introduced as HB1317